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Working with Hands - James E. Price


Old Hammers

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Last May I purchased at auction a box of miscellaneous tool parts. Upon sorting its contents I found several small late-18th-Century or early 19th-Century hammer heads.

I am in the process of making replacement handles for them using boxwood. I have one, a socketed hammer, near completion. Next, I am going to make a boxwood handle for a strap-headed hammer that was in the lot.

This photo shows the original handle stub with the pin hole through it.

This hammer head has a socket like those on chisels.

The handle is boxwood and is affixed to the head with a steel pin through the socket. The handle shape was copied from engravings in period pattern books from Sheffield and Birmingham. The exterior of the socket has traces of silver wash on it.

The little hammer head has a simple engraved design on it.

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